On a night where New York Knicks’ superstar Carmelo Anthony set a franchise record with his 30th consecutive 20-point game, the story wasn’t just about Anthony, but instead the entire Knicks “Big Three.”
You have heard the criticisms over and over about how Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire can’t play together and how Stoudemire and Chandler can’t be on the floor together.
Well on this night at least the Knicks “Big Three” silenced their critics.
The important thing was that the Knicks got a much needed win, but it was nice to see Anthony, Stoudemire and Chandler all have success in the same game, which has been a rare sight since they were put together last season.
‘Melo started slow and didn’t have his best night from the floor; making 8-of-17 shots, but did score 20 and broke the mark held by Richie Guerin, which was set during the 1961-62 season.
But the best part was the way the Knicks’ bigs had success.
Sure, Orlando’s Glen Davis left the game after breaking his left foot, but Chandler and Stoudemire were nothing short of great on this night.
The duo combined for 35 points on 17-of-18 shooting from the field in leading the Knicks to a 113-97 victory.
It was especially good for Chandler, who has been in a funk recently and hasn’t been getting enough touches. Before Wednesday night, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year had scored in double-figures only once in his last seven games, but finished with 21 points on 10-of-11 shooting, along with seven rebounds and a season-high five assists.
It’s encouraging because this should be something the Knicks can build off of.
“That’s the beauty of having two big guys play and Melo plays big as well,” Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson said (via Associated Press). “It’s kind of nice to have three big guys like that up front playing.”
So the next time Anthony, Stoudemire and Chandler are criticized for not being able to play together, those people can watch this film.
They can play well together and hopefully we see production like this from the “Big Three” going forward.
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